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Terminator Director Cameron Says Linda Hamilton Will be Back for Sequels

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) - Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton)

Linda Hamilton is returning to the Terminator movies along with director James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Hollywood Reporter says that at a private event James Cameron announced that Linda Hamilton will be returning to the franchise after 25 years. Hamilton, 60, plays Sarah Connors, a woman who's hunted by killer robots because her son is destined to lead a revolution against the evil computer network known as SkyNet. Schwarzenegger, 70, plays the T-800 robot sent to kill her and the re-purposed protector robot in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Terminator Genisys (2015).

The movie will launch a new trilogy of films and is described as a "direct sequel" to Cameron's Judgment Day. The new movie will skip over the events of the poorly received sequels Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003),  Terminator Salvation (2009) and Genisys.

The movies will continue the themes of the "potential evils of technology". Cameron says the new movie will be "anchored" by Arnold and Linda’s characters but will "also be seen as a passing of the baton to a new generation of characters". The new movie will be directed by Tim Miller who directed Deadpool (2016) and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2005 for the short film Gopher Broke.

"We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story," Cameron said. "We still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters, but we'll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it."

Recently, Cameron and Miller created a "writers room" to plan out the direction of the franchise including David Goyer who wrote the Nolan Batman movies; Charles Eglee, who created the Dark Angel TV series with Cameron; Josh Friedman, who created the 2008 Terminator TV spin-off, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Justin Rhodes, a frequent collaborator with Goyer.

"There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys," Cameron said, referring to aging male actors like 70-year-old Sylvester Stallone and Schwarzenegger that still headline action movies, "but there isn’t an example of that for women."

Cameron recently made headlines by criticizing Wonder Woman as an "objectified icon." He compared the two female heroes to the Guardian saying, "Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit." Patty Jenkins responded by saying. "James Cameron's inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though, he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman."

Since The Sarah Connor Chronicles was set after T2 it's possible the show might still be part of the mythology. Although it's unlikely since the series deviated from the events of the film and created a new timeline.

No release date for the unnamed sixth Terminator movie has been announced but it's scheduled for release in 2019.

While it's great to see Hamilton back in the Terminator movies there's room for skepticism. Back when Terminator: Genisys came out there were plans to start a new trilogy and announced sequel dates of 2017 & 2018. The movie flopped and ended those plans.

So, this could be the start of something great or yet another terrible Terminator sequel. Either way she'll be back.

How do you feel about the Terminator sequel? Will it be a hit or a flop?

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  1. With Cameron back in on it then maybe it will be good. I didn't think Rise of the Machines was that bad though. Genisys was meh. Just as well they're rebooting it.

  2. Wait, another one... which film will they forget was made, maybe all since the first and second.

  3. Cameron is opinionated.
    Hamilton doesn't need to be beautiful, I just hope they make her get in shape before filming begins.

  4. Cool for Hamilton kicking terminator butt again.


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